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College's First Graduates Went Far with Degrees

Forestry degrees led to varied careers

Nine of the 11 men in the first class to be graduated from New York State College of Forestry, Syracuse, in 1913, gathered for a photo. The following biographical information about them was found in the ESF archives in the College's Moon Library:

Back row, left to right:

"Emil R. Waldenberger became City Forester of Bayonne, N.J., shortly after finishing college. His present address is unknown to the college but Nelson Brown [who was on the faculty from 1912 to 1951] believes he is with the Westchester County (N.Y.) Park Commission.

"W. Alec Munro went to Michigan after graduation and in five years was the manager of the Escanaba Pulp and Paper Co. When he died in 1941, Munro was president and general manager of Flambeau Paper Co., Park Falls, Wis.

"Carl Schober became City Forester of Syracuse, N.Y., a year after graduation. Five years after graduation he went to Baltimore, Md., as City Forester. He died in Baltimore in 1919.

"Henry H. Haft went from the forestry college into the Syracuse College of Medicine and has been a practicing physician in Syracuse, where he still lives."

Front row, left to right:

"Frank B. Myers worked in the Pacific Northwest after finishing College and went into World War I service from that part of the country. Later he joined the faculty of his alma mater and at his death in 1937 was head of the College's Department of Forest Extension.

"Earl G. Stearns ran the post office in Arcade, N.Y., after graduation from college, then became a farmer-forester in that community where he still lives.

"J. Harry Rich went into private 'forestry and landscape architecture' practice shortly after leaving college, then moved over to Massachusetts to do city forestry and landscaping in 1918. Now he has been on the faculty of the University of Massachusetts for several years as assistant professor of forest utilization. Rich is one of the three men in the class of '13 to have gone on and taken the Master of Forestry degree. Thus, the 'large percentage' of classes going on for advanced degrees is not as new a development as the rise in graduate students today might make us think.

"Charles E. Foley went into secondary school teaching after finishing college. He had been supervising principal of Split Rock High School near Syracuse for many years.

"Elgia E. Helmstetter has made his career in selling and engineering. He is a sales engineer in Syracuse now.

"Not in photo: James R. Simmons has been in government forestry work for most of his career, starting with the State of Massachusetts and continuing with the U.S. Forest Service. Now he is a consulting forester living in Bel Air, Maryland. He has been a frequent contributor to forestry literature for more than 30 years.

"Burr N. Prentice went to the faculty of the School of Science, Purdue University, after college, soon was in charge of the Department of Forestry which he developed."